Rural Medical & HIV/AIDS Awareness

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Coordinator | Andrew

High­lights

Assist in rural clinics and gain insight in local rural healthcare services
Be a part of a unique and intimate experience of home-based care for patients with the local caregivers
Enrich and educate through health promoting workshops and support groups
Help raise awareness about common illnesses affecting the community, such as cancer and HIV/AIDS and how to prevent them
Immerse yourself in the local Zulu culture, enjoy a Zulu language lesson and learn all about the traditional customs
Offer vital medical and healthcare assistance in a rural Zulu village of South Africa that lacks resources and skilled medical staff. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+

Surrounding the town of St. Lucia are to rural village communities inhabited by approximately 70,000 people where the local community live in a vast range of houses from shacks built of wood and concrete, to larger permanent bricks buildings.

 

People living in these rural communities have scarce access to healthcare facilities. Clinics are far and few between with limited resources and medication shortages, leaving many with only family members to support them. You will become involved at grassroots level, with an eye-opening insight of the difficulties and struggles faced often by those most in need.

 

The prevalence and impact of HIV, Tuberculosis, Malnutrition, Diabetes and High Blood Pressure are just some issues that reflect the importance of the work you will do as a Volunteer to support, educate and raise awareness with this rural landscape. As a Volunteer, you will gain a wealth of knowledge, share skills and have your change to make an Impact in these rural communities. You will be working alongside nurses and caregivers who intimately understand the current issues. 

 

What will you do Whilst Volunteering?

Clinic Work

Local clinics are the first point of call for many ailing individuals and are predominantly run by nurses with doctors visiting once a month. There are several departments, including outpatients for adults and children, HIV and TB services, pharmacy and maternity but these can be severely overcrowded. Volunteers are a huge help, freeing up nurses to consult and treat patients. Volunteers man the intake desk, take blood pressure, weigh patients and direct them to the correct departments. On a weekly basis our Volunteers can see and help the clinic with as many as 220 patients.

 

Home-based Care and Nutrition

Home-based care has brought hope to the lives of many people in the villages of Khula and Eswenalisha by increasing access to provisional healthcare. Alongside local caregivers Volunteer visit homes in these communities to support chronically ill or injured patients that are too sick or poor to get to the clinics. Other duties include tracking progress and assisting in administering a nutrition program to malnourished individuals – many with Tuberculosis and HIV. This can be challenging and confronting at first, it is however a wonderful chance to establish a deep relationship with those often-forgotten members of the community. 

 

Home Assistance

Some of our patients on Home Based Care and Family Empowerment Program are also in need of additional assistance in their homes. The people we help may be elderly, very unwell or disabled. This is an incredibly rewarding project for all involved, providing support to that makes a difference to patients’ day-to-day lives. Our assistance depends on the individual needs of the family but could include helping with moving those that are infirm, cleaning, washing clothes, carrying out house repairs and building / maintaining gardens. 

Support Groups

Each week Volunteers will be given the opportunity to become involved in community support groups. As part of this upliftment project, volunteers help deliver basic health, lifestyle and nutrition information to a group of adults of all ages. As a Volunteer you can encourage the group to seek out positive lifestyle habits and to support each other and their community. Through this activity, you will get to know the people who regularly come to discuss their daily struggles and see life from a different perspective.

 

Clinic Pick-up and Drop-off

Unfortunately, not all of our medical patients are able to get themselves to the local medical clinic or natural health clinic. Be part of their support system and help pick them up from their homes and drop them off at local clinics. This vital work helps to ensure that they het access to vital medical health care services. On a monthly basis we help on average 26 people get to the local medical clinic and 20 people ger to the natural health clinic.

 

Community Gardens

To help encourage positive and healthy living, Volunteers also assist in creating and maintaining vegetable gardens for community members in need. Those not only supply local community members with much-needed healthy food, it also encourages them to be more self-sufficient. 25% of the vegetables harvested in these gardens also provided, much-needed extra nutrition food to our, at risk, malnourished medical patients. Each year we produce on average 20kg of vegetables, which can be used in our nutrition project.

 

Family Empowerment Program

This amazing community outreach project is only made possible through the help of volunteers and it is a unique insight into how traditional Zulu families live. As a Volunteer, you will bond with each family and learn more about the daily struggles they face as well as providing essential help in the form of education, nutrition, refurbishment and general home assistance.

 

Building and Refurbishments

Community buildings in the local villages can be run down, particularly in more rural areas. This project has succeeded in refurbishing community building such as day care centre that are in desperate need of repair.

Typical day

Monday

AM: Clinic visits and clinic pick-ups

Lunch: Lunch at the volunteer accommodation

PM: Physio patient check-ups

 

Tuesday

AM: Clinic visits

Lunch: Lunch at the volunteer accommodation

PM: Healthcare planning

 

Wednesday

AM: Support group or home-based care

Lunch: Lunch at the volunteer accommodation

PM: Family Empowerment or Support Group

 

Thursday

AM: Home-based care

Lunch: Lunch at the volunteer accommodation

PM: Family Empowerment or Nutrition program

 

Friday

AM: Home assistance

Lunch: Lunch at the volunteer accommodation

PM: Nutrition program

Free-time activities

During your stay you will have the opportunity to enjoy some to the incredible attractions St. Lucia has to offer. These activities are not included in the price, but they are a great way to spend your free time and interact with fellow Volunteers.

Popular Outings:

  • Take a day trip – or even an overnight trip! – and go on a Safari with an experienced guide in one of the surrounding Big 5 Game reserves
  •  Have a beach day, with picnic and snorkeling
  •  Enjoy a fantastic cultural evening learning to dance and play drums Zulu style
  •  Get an extra stamp on your passport. Rent a car and take a weekend trip to Mozambique and have the chance to swim with Dolphins  

Water Sports
Swimming
Sightseeing
Diving/
Snorkling
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Safari/
Zoo
Riding

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
Healthcare, Nutrition, Medical at High school level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
interested in learning about healthcare, prior reading on HIV
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 16:30

What's Included

Services by African Impact

Our project fee includes:

  • Accommodation throughout your entire stay at our African Impact volunteer home in St Lucia – a cozy, safe and lively house shared by our volunteers, interns and staff
  • 3 delicious meals a day cooked by chefs from the local community (weekdays only)
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off by the African Impact team
  • Experienced international and local staff members who live and work alongside you every day
  • A full induction, orientation and training session to ensure you can contribute sustainably
  • All necessary project equipment and resources you’ll need on the ground

 

Our project fee excludes:

  • Flights to your chosen destination, but we can guide you on this
  • Medical or travel insurance
  • Visa-related costs
  • Weekend trips or tours, or any other non-project activity
  • Snacks, soft drinks, gifts or souvenirs
  • Laundry
  • WiFi – it’s pretty slow here anyway!

Airport Pickup at King Shaka International Airport

Airport pickup and drop-off on selected Sundays is included in the volunteering fee. You will be accompanied by an African Impact staff member to and from the airport. Arriving and departing from the volunteer house to the airport is dependent on the flight details of other volunteers who may be arriving and departing on the same day as you. 

Accommodation

Where you will be staying

Volunteers reside at our large, comfortable, fully furnished project house situated in the middle of St. Lucia in a very safe residential area. It is right on the town’s main street and 30 min walk to the beautiful beach and estuary. Equipped with a lounge, barbeque (braai) area, tropical garden and swimming pool.

 

Location

St. Lucia itself is a small, malaria-free tourist town on the North East Coast of South Africa, surrounded by rural African villages. It is the only town in the world to be surrounded by a World heritage site – the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. It offers incredible opportunities to explore some of the country’s most stunning landscapes.

With the Indian Ocean and Big 5 Game reserves all around, amazing wildlife can be found everywhere! It remains warm all year round, attracts Whales along the coast from June – November and is even a prime location to go and watch turtles hatching on the beach (November – March)!

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

3 meals a day, freshly cooked from our team of great chefs. Please let any dietary requirements be known before you join us on project.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban. We assist you to find cheap flights to South Africa.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for South Africa provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in South Africa you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for South Africa.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

13 & 27 January | 10 & 24 February | 10 & 24 March |7 & 21 April | 5 & 19 May | 2, 16 & 30 June |7, 14, 21 & 28 July | 4, 11, 18 & 25 August |8 & 22 September | 6 & 20 October | 3 & 17 November | 1 December  

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 12 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 1,524
4 weeks
$ 2,345
6 weeks
$ 3,165
8 weeks
$ 3,985
10 weeks
$ 4,805
12 weeks (max. stay)
$ 5,625
Average fees
$ 615 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. African Impact will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with African Impact during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Rural Medical & HIV/AIDS Awareness

Offer vital medical and healthcare assistance in a rural Zulu village of South Africa that lacks resources and skilled medical staff.

$615/week

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